Laser Hair Removal Los Angeles
Your Laser Skin Care provides a wide range of non-invasive cosmetic treatments that provide convenient and effective ways to resolve the most commonly occurring skincare issues.
We’ve treated hundreds of patients from the greater Los Angeles area over the past 15 years, performing thousands of procedures. Of all the treatments we offer, laser hair removal consistently receives the highest satisfaction ratings.
Why Consider Laser Hair Removal?
Traditional ways to remove unwanted hair (shaving, waxing, and tweezing) are typically inconvenient, time-consuming, and at times, painful. They also require that you allow hair to grow before it can be removed and does little or nothing to discourage future hair regrowth.
Laser hair removal offers a convenient and effective way to reduce or permanently eliminate unwanted hair – while avoiding the various common side-effects of traditional methods, including irritated or bumpy skin, rashes, and possible infection. Unlike other methods, individual hairs are entirely eliminated, with no possibility of ingrown hairs or stubble developing.
We believe laser hair removal provides a variety of positive benefits and the optimal combination of speed, comfort, and efficiency.
How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
Instead of cutting or pulling out individual hairs, laser hair removal works by using concentrated pulses of light energy to heat up and damage individual hair follicles beneath the skin surface. Existing hairs attached to the hair follicles will gradually fall out following treatment, and the heat-damaged hair follicles will be inhibited from growing new hairs. Lasers emit light at precisely tuned fixed frequencies, but the light pulses may be focused and adjusted in size, intensity, and duration to fine-tune the process to best adapt to individual variations in skin and hair color, as well as hair follicle density and depth below the skin surface.
Gentle Laser Hair Removal Technology
Laser light pulses can sting – they’re often described as feeling somewhat like a rubber band being snapped against the skin. However, we use several techniques to reduce or eliminate the discomfort associated with the procedure, including:
- The duration of individual laser pulses is very short, mere fractions of a second.
- The lasers are focused on the hair follicles, away from individual nerve endings.
- We use a Dynamic Cooling Device to spray precisely calibrated amounts of coolant onto the skin.
- We apply carefully calibrated doses of topical anesthetics to numb the skin further.
The combination of these techniques results in a far gentler experience than past techniques
Comparing Laser and IPL Technology
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is a hair removal technology that uses intense light energy to damage the hair follicles. Although IPL is effective in most cases, the intense light energy created by the Yag laser can be directed against hair follicles present at any depth under the skin and is more effective when used against thick, coarse hair growths.
The YAG laser is the most widely used laser today – it’s the result of technical enhancements to older laser models used when laser hair removal first became commercially available. Modern variants provide a far gentler patient experience, while still remaining highly effective against a wide variety of different hair types.
Do Skin Tone and Hair Color Matter?
Laser hair removal works by focusing its light pulses onto the hair follicles while avoiding other skin cells and structures. The absorption of energy from each laser light pulse is a function of the laser’s precise frequency and the color of the hair follicles and skin cells that the light pulses travel through. The hair follicle must absorb the bulk of the energy, so the whole process is aided when the hair (and hair follicle) color is distinct from the patient’s skin color.
Historically laser hair removal has been targeted at those who combine fair-complexions with darker hair tones. Those with darker skin tones were a bit more challenging as melanin pigments caused the skin to absorb some of the laser’s light energy, resulting in skin damage. Patients with lighter color hairs also traditionally saw a less success rate of hair removal.
However, technological improvements have broadened the range of skin/hair combinations that can effectively be treated. Today, we can provide effective laser hair removal treatment for a variety of different skin and hair tone combinations.
What if I have Really Thick Hair?
The laser light beam covers a much larger area than a single hair follicle, and so the laser hair removal technique is equally effective when used on patches of very dense or thick hair. Although there is considerable variation between individuals, laser hair removal is effective regardless of the type of hair – the only question is how many treatments would be required to prevent future hair growth effectively.
Popular Treatment Areas
Laser hair removal can be used on almost every part of the body, apart from the eyelids and surrounding areas. Individual needs vary widely, but we find the most commonly requested areas by women are the legs, face, arms, underarms, and bikini area, while men typically request the back, chest, and shoulders. The laser light pulses can even be directed onto hard-to-reach parts of the body.
Potential Side Effects
Laser hair removal is FDA approved, and when performed by a trained and experienced physician is a safe and effective procedure.
However, some people may experience mild side effects, including:
More rare side effects may include:
To reduce the risk of side effects, be sure a qualified and experienced MD performs your treatment. If you experience any side effects or have any concerns, contact your laser hair removal specialist right away.
Ready for Your Treatment?
Laser hair removal is great for anyone looking to permanently remove hair from a particular area on their body. By removing the hair with lasers, you can finally say bye-bye to shaving, waxing, plucking, and other unwanted forms of hair removal.
Once you are ready, simply contact us or schedule a consultation online to get started with your laser hair removal specialist.
What to Expect During Your Initial Consultation
During your initial consultation, the laser hair removal specialist will determine whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure and if you have any prior medical history that may affect the laser hair removal.
Your consultation will be your opportunity to ask any questions about the treatment and what to expect. You should also discuss your expectations and the results you should anticipate to make sure they align.
You and the practitioner will also map out a series of treatment sessions, deciding on how many you may need and when to schedule them.
Preparing for Your Treatment
You will be given a comprehensive list of do’s and don’ts during your initial consultation. This will help you prepare for your upcoming treatment. Typically, this list will include the following points:
- DON’T wax or pluck for at least six weeks before your treatment date (it’s still ok to shave during this period).
- DO avoid direct sunlight (as well as artificial tanning beds and tanning creams or sprays) for at least two weeks before treatment.
- DON’T apply makeup, skin creams, or perfume the day of your procedure – the areas being treated need to be totally free of chemical products.
- DO shave the area to be treated a day or two before each treatment – this allows laser light pulse energy to be directed to the hair follicles, without individual hairs interfering with this process.
- DON’T bleach any area being treated for two weeks prior to each treatment. New hair growth at the hair follicle should also be in its natural state.
What to Expect During the Treatment
Your laser hair removal specialist may apply cooling gel or topical anesthetic during your procedure, and they may also use a cooling pad – this is to minimize any discomfort during the process, as well as to help to increase the laser’s ability to penetrate the skin.
During the procedure, your doctor will apply the laser to the skin, and a laser beam will be directed through your skin to the hair follicle. You may feel slight discomfort, but most clients report feeling a cooling sensation and a warm prick.
The length of the procedure can range from a few minutes a couple of hours, depending on the areas being treated.
What to Expect After a Laser Treatment
Before your procedure, you will receive a list of post-treatment do’s and don’ts, including:
- DO apply an ice pack if redness or bumps appear in the area.
- DON’T scrub the treated area for several days.
- DO apply sunscreen (SPF 30 or greater) for the following two weeks.
- DON’T allow the treated area in direct sunlight.
- DO call the clinic if any blisters or scabs develop so they can provide antibiotic ointment.
One thing that can cause post-treatment confusion is that the laser hair removal process does not physically remove individual hairs that are present. Instead, it damages the follicles to prevent future growth.
Immediately after treatment, you will still find hairs present; however, they will start to fall out in the hours and days following treatment. Don’t try to accelerate this process by scrubbing the treated area or by plucking out individual hairs.
After a few days, you may even see new hair growth seeming to appear – this is merely part of the process by which damaged follicles shed their hairs and is only a temporary annoyance.
How Many Sessions Are Needed?
Individual hair follicles cycle between two states over an approximate four-to-six week period referred to as active and dormant.
Within a given area, individual hair follicles will all be at different stages of this cycle. Laser hair removal is only effective against hair follicles that are in their active growth phase, and so to achieve permanent (or long-term) hair removal in a particular area, the procedure needs to be repeated several times.
Typically maximum coverage is reached after six sessions, spaced four to six weeks apart. However, occasionally more treatments may be required. Throughout the treatment period, we monitor patients until we have established that the hair follicles treated have lost their ability to regrow new hairs.
Is the Treatment Actually Permanent?
The laser hair removal process will efficiently target pigmented hairs, and after several treatments, most clients find that hair does not return and is permanent.
However, some clients may experience some hair re-growth.
Typically, any hair that does re-grow is much finer and lighter in color than the original hair it replaces.
This is in marked contrast to shaving, where hairs are guaranteed to re-grow, and may even grow back thicker than they were before.
Hair re-growth may also occur in some patients due to hormonal changes as they age. In this case, the laser procedure can always be repeated.
How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?
Treatment costs depend on the time spent, and the area treated. The following table shows the typical costs associated with the most commonly treated areas.
We also offer a 20% discount when booking a course of six or more treatments.
|Bikini – basic||$75|
|Bikini – Brazilian||$130|
|Bikini – Playboy||$150|
|Legs – partial||$150|
|Legs – full||$250|
|Lip – upper||$40|
|Neck – front||$65|
|Neck – rear||$65|
|Miscellaneous||$90 per 15 minutes|
Is it Worth It?
When you factor in the cost (in time and money) of repeated waxing, shaving, electrolysis, or plucking sessions (including consumables), the cost of laser hair removal is comparable to traditional techniques, and in many cases provides significant savings over the long-term.
Individual laser skin care treatments are relatively short and are thus easier to fit into a busy schedule. They also result in far fewer (if any) side effects, so there’s no downtime as a result of bumps, irritation, stubble, ingrown hairs, or razor burn.
Schedule Your Free Consultation
Your Laser Skin Care performs a wide range of non-invasive cosmetic procedures, but we’ve specialized in laser hair removal for over 15 years. Our experienced board-certified physician conducts all consultations and procedures personally so you can feel confident about your treatment.